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Yiquiara E. Moreta Diaz


Professor Laura Mangini
College Comp II
13 February 2015
Is a college degree necessary for your future life success?
Unlike the typical idea behind success where ones materialistic properties measure the
level of success, under my criteria having an education, reaching ones long-term personal goals
and being happy make up for the main components of been successful in life. Even though a
college degree is no guarantee of success, it would enhance my ability to reach my definition of
success to a certain degree. People with a college education tend to enjoy of a greater salary,
have less probability of unemployment as statistical data claims.
Many would argue that one can be successful without the support of a college degree.
Attending technical institutes, starting a new business or developing an internet application are
only a few ways in which individuals can make a living avoiding the debts attached to a college
education. However, coming from a family that lacked of a high educational background I know
that the chances of being successful through options like the ones I previously mentioned are
very few. For instance, my mother did not get passed her senior year in high school; as a
consequence she depends on a minimum wage salary at a local factory plus the financial support
of her partner. She had tried to start her own clothing store but failed, last year she completed a
nursery course in efforts to become more financially stable.

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Based on the statistical report published by the United States Department of Labor,
unemployment rate are directly related to the level of education obtained by the people who took
part into the study. As of 2013, people who have less than a high school diploma made up for 11
percent of the unemployment rate in the U.S and had a salary on average of 475 dollars a week.
From this report we can take that there is a visual gap between those few cases of extreme
success without a college education and the large amount of college degreeless indivuduals who
make up most of the unemplyed population throughout the country. According to the same study
there is a clear relationship between the salary and the level of education one reseves.
Additionally, in an article published by New York Times, the significant monetary
difference between people with a college degree and those without one.
according to the new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department
statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with fouryear college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than
people without a degree. Thats up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a
decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s. (Leonhardt, 2014)
As the years progress the world is demanding more and more for individuals in most working
industries. In the pool of applications the more education background and experience the
applicant possess the more likely he or she is to obtain the job as the article indicates. The choice
of not going to college (which for some people is not a choice: education is off limits and
unaffordable unfortunately) is a risk in which a lot is at stake from an economical perspective.
The events in life that molded me as the person that I am today include the humble
upbringing I had when I resided in the Dominican Republic. Growing up was the best of

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experiences and the worst of times. Job opportunities for my mother without a complete high
school education were limited. My family did not have the funds to live in a proper material
based house. Education plays a tremendous role in my life; I have experienced firsthand the
effects of lacking an education. Growing up I was taught in life we can lose everything but our
education will always remain. Currently I involve myself in education based opportunities that
will open doors in the future.
Some of my long term goals include becoming an independent woman, being
economically stable and emotionally at peace. Two of these goals can be achieved with the help
of education. In order to be an independent woman in the society we live in today, a college
degree is fundamental (notice how most of the non-college degree work options are mainly for
men). The achievements of my life goals are important and having an education brings a sense of
security to my future economic stability. I opt for a college degree in order to reach my future
life success.

Works Cited
Leonhardt, D. (2014, 5 27). Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say . The New
York Times .
United states department of Labor. (2014, 3 23). Retrieved 2 8, 2015, from Bureau
of labor statistics : http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm